Law Enforcement Training Academy

Higher Education Center at Otay Mesa

Dean: Silvia Cornejo, M.A.

Department Chair: Ron Ungar, M.A.

Director: David Espiritu, M.A. (Interim)

School/Department Location: www.swccd.edu/hecomlocation

Office: 4118D, (619) 216-6755

Map: https://goo.gl/maps/eEXhVUZXRY32

General Description

Administration of justice and criminal justice are the study of theories, concepts, statutes, laws, procedures, and methodologies governing the criminal justice system. These programs explore the historical development of criminal law, the interrelationship between criminal law and the criminal justice system, and its contemporary application in juvenile and adult crime.

Career Options

Below is a sample of the career options available for the administration of justice or criminal justice majors. Many require an associate degree, some require a bachelor’s degree, and a few of these require a graduate-level degree: adjudicator/judge, arson investigator, bar examiner, border patrol officer/INS agent, correctional officer, crime laboratory/evidence technologist, customs agent, district attorney, lawyer/prosecutor/public defender, forensic scientist, FBI/Treasury/Secret Service agent, U.S. Marshal, fraud/forgery investigator, parole/probation officer, police officer, sheriff, postal inspector, and traffic officer.

Degree/Certificate Options Major Code
Certificate of Achievement
Law Enforcement Training Academy 02711

All students considering to apply with the SWC Police Academy must access the website and download the application and instructions. You may access the required application and supporting documents to the Police Academy at the Higher Education Center, Otay Mesa by the deadline listed on the website: www.swccd.edu/policeacademy.

Consult with a counselor to develop a Student Education Plan (SEP), which lists the courses necessary to achieve your academic goal.

AJ 41

BASIC POLICE ACADEMY I

12.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be 18 years of age with no felony convictions, possess a valid driver's license, and be a high school graduate.

Lecture 8 hours, laboratory 14 hours

Offered: ALL

Introduces the first of two courses required by POST (Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training) to meet the peace officer training certificate requirements. Provides information regarding entry level peace officer training related to such topics as the varied laws, victim management, criminal investigations, and custodial situations. [D]

AJ 42

BASIC POLICE ACADEMY II

12.5 UNITS

Grade Only

Recommended Preparation: RDG 158 or the equivalent skill level as determined by the Southwestern College Reading Assessment or equivalent.

Prerequisite: AJ 41 or equivalent.

Limitation on Enrollment: Student must be 18 years of age with no felony convictions, possess a valid driver's license, and be a high school graduate.

Lecture 8 hours, laboratory 14 hours

Offered: ALL

Provides the second part of a concentrated two-semester program of study that satisfies the entry-level requirements to become a peace officer. Includes emphasis on officer survival skills. Program is certified by POST (Commission on Peace Officers Standards and Training). [D]